of Louisville, Kentucky, gets the contract to build a 100,000 gallon
tower for the plant. This will provide 25,000 gallons for plant
and 75,000 gallons for fire protection. Because the plant will no
draw water from the city, this tower will allow residents to have full
water pressure again.
• The minutes
the Collinsville city council meeting of October 20, 1947, show an
where the Suppiger Company would get credit toward their water bills
the cost of the new tower. (At this meeting, the agreement was held
a week for public inspection. It may or may not have been approved as
at some later date.)
• Members of
the Civil Air
Patrol paint an air marker on the roof of the factory warehouse. The
consists of a huge "Collinsville," a North-south pointing arrow,
and longitude figures, and the distance to the nearest airport.
of the "Largest
Catsup Bottle In The World" is completed. A 70 ft. 1 in. tall
tank now sits atop 100 ft. tall legs at the south edge of Collinsville,
Illinois. It was constructed by W.E. Caldwell Company (today named
Tanks) of Louisville, Kentucky, at a cost of $23,926.40.
• The G.S.
moves its general offices from 1530 Hadley in St. Louis to the former Evergreen
Gardens resort and casino building on Highway 40 at Route 157 at
of Bluff Hill in Collinsville.
Jr., son of Gerhart Sr., becomes president of the company.
• Mel Schlemer
the office in January of 2003 and brought us this great old picture
that we are thrilled to
add to our archives. In it a young Mr. Schlemer presents the Future
Farmers of America's 1952 Certificate of Appreciation to Charles
V.P. of the G.S. Suppiger Company.
• A May 30,
in the East St. Louis Journal has the headline:
home of Brooks - America's
Largest Selling Tangy Catsup!" The body copy
read in part: "...we are mighty pleased with our new general offices in
Collinsville... and we hope to become even a greater asset to this
We are proud to boast Collinsville, Illinois as indeed the home of
largest selling TANGY catsup." The ad also stated that production lines
could fill and cap 350 bottles per minute, and it was possible to take
a tomatoes fresh from the field and have a bottle of Brooks catsup in
than three hours.
• The Catsup
repainted in 1954 by Pittsburg Tank Company of Pittsburg, Kansas. The
did a great job and used a photo of the Catsup Bottle to promote its
merges with the P.J. Ritter Company, and the Brooks brand name lives on.
• F.Y.I. - In
1959, at the
local Collinsville IGA grocery store, you could get 6 12-oz bottles of
Brooks catsup for $1.00.
• Note - In 2007, PJ Ritter III sent us a whole bunch of awesome historical company photos. Click here to take a look at them.
• The Suppiger
its share of the company.